Space for Cycling – Saturday, 22nd April – and much else following on!

By | April 15, 2017

cyclists by PavilionDo join us for the Cycling UK ‘Space for Cycling’ ride on Saturday, 22nd April.

Meet at City Park at 11.00.

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure (BDSL) cyclists will also be joining us (meet at the new hub – Capital of Cycling on Hall Ings from 10am onwards).

Bradford Councillors and local MPs have been invited. In addition to being a Space for Cycling and BDSL event, this will be an opportunity to launch the new Capital of Cycling Hub.

What is Space for Cycling?  See:

Also note the following in your diaries. Our thanks to John Dennis (Active Bradford, and Chair of the City Connect Advisory Board), who has produced a useful list of what is happening. One or two other events have been added.

April 22nd Space for Cycling Ride, City Park (part of National initiative with rides across UK) – see above

April 29th BeCycling event in Roberts Park, Saltaire, 10am to 3pm. Free!  Come along and try riding a bicycle. Children, teenagers and adults all welcome. Those with disabilities are especially welcome.

April 30th Women’s Ride, Lister Park to Roberts Park (associated with TdY)

April 30th Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3, Bradford ( – loads going on! A great day all round!

May 4th Women in Cycling Conference, Dubrovnik Hotel, 3 Oak Avenue, Bradford BD8 7AQ

May 11th “Cycle City, Active City, Bradford” Conference Day 1 ( – Evening Cycling, Bike Ballet, Bike-in Cinema, “Party in the Park” (City Park)

May 12th “Cycle City, Active City, Bradford” Conference Day 2 – City Park Cycling Activities and Market Place (Launch of the updated Bradford Cycling Strategy planned at the conference)

May 13th/14th One In A Million/Packett’s Insurance 2nd Annual Charity Ride Bradford to Masham and back (many Bradford business people involved in this testing charity challenge ride)

May 14th Bradford City Cycle – mass ride on closed roads in Bradford City Centre (building upon the success of previous Sky Rides) – all welcome (see below)

May 22nd Brownlee Foundation Schools’ Triathlon Bradford, Bradford Grammar School

May 24th Horton Park Cycle Track Opening (Bradford Junior CycloX World Champ and Junior Paris-Roubaix Winner Tom Pidcock attending).- Horton Park Primary School

Plus Cycling UK Big Bike Revival 2017 ongoing throughout the period! (

So, plenty to get involved in, and the purpose of this update email is to encourage your participation and support for all of the above, and in particular the following:

Party in the Park – Thursday 11th May
The mid-point part of the “Cycle City Active City” Conference will be marked by an invitation to all 500 or so delegates to come down to City Park for a “Party in the Park” which will include a Bike Ballet performance, a Ride-In Cinema (pedal-powered) and will finish off with live cyclists’ band “53/12” and a mix of lights, fountains and water in an around the spectacular Mirror Pool. Everyone is welcome to come down to this free event, on a bike if you can, and just enjoy a really great night (also a chance, if you haven’t already done so, the explore the quite incredible Sunbridge Wells complex!).

Market Place and Activities, City Park & Centenary Square – Friday 12th May
From 9am – 5pm on Friday 12th May space is available for all sorts of local organisations and initiatives to set up and promote what they are doing in terms of cycling and other related active projects in and around the Bradford district. This will be alongside other activities put on by CityConnect and also the existing “Capital of Cycling” activities that are already going on (see below and also attached photos). This is specifically for non-commercial groups, clubs, initiatives and/or organisations, and space on the day will be provided free.

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